Armstrong Clark Staining Instructions

Choosing Armstrong Clark Oil Based Wood Stains will ensure lasting beauty and protection for all your exterior wood surfaces. Backed by five generations of experience in oil based coatings and cutting edge technology, Armstrong Clark Wood Stains will not only meet your wood protection needs but far exceed them.

Determine the square footage area of the surface you plan to stain. On decks be sure not only to measure the floor but also railings, spindles, steps and all areas that you are planning to stain. Armstrong-Clark Deck and Siding Stains will cover approximately 150-200 sq. ft. per gallon depending on age and wood porosity.

 

Armstrong Clark Deck and Siding Stains come in many different colors and tones. Keep in mind that the actual color results can vary depending on the type, age, condition, and porosity of the wood. Color samples are available if needed.

 

Prior to using any of the Armstrong Clark Wood Stains it is important to prepare the wood surface properly so the stain will perform as expected. See the RAD Wood Cleaner or Stain Stripper products for properly cleaning the wood surface prior to staining.

Allow the wood surface to dry 1-2 days after it has been cleaned and prepped. Be sure no rain is expected on the day of staining and for 3-4 hours after application so the stain can cure properly.

To apply Armstrong Clark Deck Stain you can use a roller, brush, stain pad, or airless sprayer. Mix the stain thoroughly prior to use. Unlike other stains, Armstrong Deck Stain can be applied in direct sunlight and on hot days. If the first application of stain penetrates within 30 minutes another coat can be applied for added protection.

If applying by sprayer, use a roller or brush to go over the sprayed areas for a more even appearance. After 24 hours use a dry rag to remove any remaining puddles or glossy areas.

Armstrong Clark Wood Stain is environmentally friendly and does not contain an offensive odor. It is easy to apply and very user-friendly. Enhancing the appearance of your deck and giving it lasting protection is the best investment you can make and Armstrong Clark Oil Based Wood Stains makes it easy.

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    Armstrong · 07/18/2017
    D.Cardillo:
    When a second coat is need , what is the recommended reapplication procedure?
    Thanks

    Wet on wet. Appy the first coat and the second coat will need to be applied within 20-60 minutes of the first coat.
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    D.Cardillo · 07/18/2017
    When a second coat is need , what is the recommended reapplication procedure?
    Thanks
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    Armstrong · 07/15/2017
    Wayne Michaelian:
    I just recently purchased 3 color samples from you . Cedar, Natural Oak, and Chestnut. All of them are beautiful. We are leaning heavily on the Chestnut. My question is: How do I know if I need a second coat? When I applied the first coat on my test sample piece of wood, (which was also prepped with cleaner/brightener and allowed to dry for 5 days) the stain was still tacky after 30 mins. and dry to touch after an hour. Do you recommend a single coat or is the any added benefit to a second coat?

    Based on your sample application, we would suggest only the 1 coat for this. Seconds coats are typically only needed for dried out wood where the stain soak deep in right away.
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    Wayne Michaelian · 07/14/2017
    I just recently purchased 3 color samples from you . Cedar, Natural Oak, and Chestnut. All of them are beautiful. We are leaning heavily on the Chestnut. My question is: How do I know if I need a second coat? When I applied the first coat on my test sample piece of wood, (which was also prepped with cleaner/brightener and allowed to dry for 5 days) the stain was still tacky after 30 mins. and dry to touch after an hour. Do you recommend a single coat or is the any added benefit to a second coat?
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    Armstrong · 07/09/2017
    Dana:
    Hello,

    Any suggestions on how I might be able to get this off of a pair of shorts? I accidentally touched a wet stain pad to them and don't want to wash them with other clothes in case it might transfer.

    Thanks!

    Sorry, but it will not come out of clothes. :(
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    Dana · 07/08/2017
    Hello,

    Any suggestions on how I might be able to get this off of a pair of shorts? I accidentally touched a wet stain pad to them and don't want to wash them with other clothes in case it might transfer.

    Thanks!
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    Armstrong · 07/07/2017
    David Clayton:
    Our siding was stained many many years ago using Olympic linseed oil based stain. I few now want to retain using AC stain, what prep is required?

    The Restore A Deck Stripper Kit:
    https://www.armstrongclarkstain.com/restore-a-deck-stripper
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    David Clayton · 07/07/2017
    Our siding was stained many many years ago using Olympic linseed oil based stain. I few now want to retain using AC stain, what prep is required?
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    Armstrong · 07/06/2017
    Tom K.:
    Hello. I used your rustic brown stain back in 2013. The verticals still hold the color and look great. However, as expected I need to re-do the horizontal areas. 2 questions. First, I only need to clean the area and apply a new coat. I do not need to power wash, correct? Second, if I still have stain which was left over and I resealed in 2013, will it take, as a new coat?
    Thank you,
    Tom

    For the prep, you use the Restore A Deck and pressure washing. As for the old stain, the shelf life is 12 months if opened. It is questionable if your 3-year-old stain is still good. Check for jellying large chunks. If you see either, it has gone bad.
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    Tom K. · 07/05/2017
    Hello. I used your rustic brown stain back in 2013. The verticals still hold the color and look great. However, as expected I need to re-do the horizontal areas. 2 questions. First, I only need to clean the area and apply a new coat. I do not need to power wash, correct? Second, if I still have stain which was left over and I resealed in 2013, will it take, as a new coat?
    Thank you,
    Tom
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    Armstrong · 07/04/2017
    Matt_D:
    After applying Armstrong-Clark semi-solid a few weeks ago, we are happy with the stain but are noticing some residual coming off on both our feet and clothing from the deck surface. Buffing the surface with a dry cloth will easily pick up the stain.

    Any tips on how to remove this residual?

    Try wiping down with rags and mineral spirits. Saturate any rags in water when done and lay flat to dry.
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    Matt_D · 07/03/2017
    After applying Armstrong-Clark semi-solid a few weeks ago, we are happy with the stain but are noticing some residual coming off on both our feet and clothing from the deck surface. Buffing the surface with a dry cloth will easily pick up the stain.

    Any tips on how to remove this residual?
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    Administrator · 06/20/2017
    RDF-PE:
    Installed AC on 1100 sq ft ipe deck couple of weeks ago. Everything dried ok except under a covered area where it is still a little "sticky" and leaving footprints behind. I washed with water and still have mild stickiness and footprint. Should I lightly scrub with dish soap to remove this outer layer?

    Try wiping off the excess stain with rags and mineral spirits. Saturate all oil rags in water when done and lay them flat to dry.
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    RDF-PE · 06/20/2017
    Installed AC on 1100 sq ft ipe deck couple of weeks ago. Everything dried ok except under a covered area where it is still a little "sticky" and leaving footprints behind. I washed with water and still have mild stickiness and footprint. Should I lightly scrub with dish soap to remove this outer layer?
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    Administrator · 06/14/2017
    Andrew Lawrence:
    does armstong clark offer a complimentary cedar deck stain "end cut" stain/sealer i.e. a wax or something that ADDS to the sealing / staining of exposed "End Cuts"?

    Someone thought there was such a complimentary product that also filled preexisting minor cracks in the end cuts.

    Hello, AC does not make an end cut sealer nor is there a product that actually fills end cuts.
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    Andrew Lawrence · 06/14/2017
    does armstong clark offer a complimentary cedar deck stain "end cut" stain/sealer i.e. a wax or something that ADDS to the sealing / staining of exposed "End Cuts"?

    Someone thought there was such a complimentary product that also filled preexisting minor cracks in the end cuts.
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    Armstrong · 06/08/2017
    Paul A:
    Hi,

    I stained my deck with your semitransparent last summer. This year I've noticed some fading around the knots and darkening, almost black in colour on a lot of the flat sections. Almost looks like the vertical retained the nice colour but the flats have this blackish darkening going on. I'd like to clean that off and apply a second coat on the flat surfaces.

    What do you suggest insofar as an approach to this?

    Prep with the Restore A Deck Kit to remove the dirt and grime that has caused this before reapplying.
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    Paul A · 06/08/2017
    Hi,

    I stained my deck with your semitransparent last summer. This year I've noticed some fading around the knots and darkening, almost black in colour on a lot of the flat sections. Almost looks like the vertical retained the nice colour but the flats have this blackish darkening going on. I'd like to clean that off and apply a second coat on the flat surfaces.

    What do you suggest insofar as an approach to this?
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    Armstrong · 05/24/2017
    Lisa Pearson:
    How long after staining can I put furniture, including an outdoor rug, back on my deck and resume normal use?

    Once fully dry and cured. Can take 8-24 hours for most scenarios but sometimes longer based on the age of wood and temperature.
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    Lisa Pearson · 05/24/2017
    How long after staining can I put furniture, including an outdoor rug, back on my deck and resume normal use?
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    Armstrong · 05/23/2017
    Kevin T McFadden:
    I just cleaned and brightened my cedar deck with RAD. I'm now waiting two days to dry and will then stain with A.C. Semi-transparent Cedar. The deck is four years old and I've stained it one time prior with A.C. Transparent cedar tone.

    The deck is in Minnesota and is subject to a lot of sun in the summer.

    My question is should I apply a second set coat during application or just apply one coat?

    One coat is normal but if the first coat is soaking in deep, a second wet on wet coat can be added. The key is you want to get as much stain into the wood grain without over applying.
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    Kevin T McFadden · 05/22/2017
    I just cleaned and brightened my cedar deck with RAD. I'm now waiting two days to dry and will then stain with A.C. Semi-transparent Cedar. The deck is four years old and I've stained it one time prior with A.C. Transparent cedar tone.

    The deck is in Minnesota and is subject to a lot of sun in the summer.

    My question is should I apply a second set coat during application or just apply one coat?
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    Armstrong · 04/28/2017
    Ruth Hill:
    I have 5 pine doors that had Thompson's Water Seal applied 25 years ago. They never looked good. They are blotched, and have uneven coloring. I would like to stain them to even out the color then seal them. In addition to the doors we also have cedar (rough side out) in the family room that needs to be sealed. Can your products be used.
    The deck is next!

    Armstrong is a stain and seal. Prep the doors with the Restore A Deck Kit, wait a few days to dry and apply the AC. You cannot apply a sealer on top. AC is an exterior product, so would not suggest for inside wood.
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    Ruth Hill · 04/28/2017
    I have 5 pine doors that had Thompson's Water Seal applied 25 years ago. They never looked good. They are blotched, and have uneven coloring. I would like to stain them to even out the color then seal them. In addition to the doors we also have cedar (rough side out) in the family room that needs to be sealed. Can your products be used.
    The deck is next!
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    Armstrong · 04/16/2017
    Bob P:
    I have a white cedar that just went through its first winter. It used to have a lovely "yellow" cedar look. It is pretty much just whitish now. I would like to clean and prep and use one of your stains to finish it. I want to get the original cedar look back and see the grain so I dont want to use a solid color

    What do you recommend?

    All of the AC colors will show the grain. I would suggest trying some samples to see what color works for you:
    https://www.armstrongclarkstain.com/samples
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    Bob P · 04/16/2017
    I have a white cedar that just went through its first winter. It used to have a lovely "yellow" cedar look. It is pretty much just whitish now. I would like to clean and prep and use one of your stains to finish it. I want to get the original cedar look back and see the grain so I dont want to use a solid color

    What do you recommend?
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    Armstrong · 04/10/2017
    Terri S.:
    I have a new cedar fence. How long do you recommend I wait before staining? Also, do you recommend one or two coats for a new fence (I live in the Dallas area so a lot of sun exposure and heat).

    Is the fence wood rough sawn cut or smooth wood?
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    Terri S. · 04/08/2017
    I have a new cedar fence. How long do you recommend I wait before staining? Also, do you recommend one or two coats for a new fence (I live in the Dallas area so a lot of sun exposure and heat).
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    Armstrong · 04/06/2017
    John Mitchell:
    Completed first coat last evening on a 40 year old deck previously stained with your terrific product. This morning there are clearly areas where the stain soaked inconsistently. Is it too late to apply a second coat?

    It might not take if you apply another coat now. Try a test spot to see if it soaks after 30 minutes. If it does, you may be okay to apply another coat.
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    John Mitchell · 04/06/2017
    Completed first coat last evening on a 40 year old deck previously stained with your terrific product. This morning there are clearly areas where the stain soaked inconsistently. Is it too late to apply a second coat?